The development of the IHI is guided by and aligned with reconciliation values and principles, promising practices informed by health sciences educators, health professional and university accreditation bodies in Canada. It is being led by the voices of local Indigenous community including Knowledge Holders, Traditional Practitioners, community members and leaders, learners and faculty, alumni and representatives of respective organizations dedicated to the advancement of culturally safe education for Indigenous students.
A Visioning Session was held in May 2018 with a broad base of stakeholders which helped to inform the process. A Steering Committee and Six Working Groups have been established including: Knowledge Holders WG, Administration WG, Student Support & Services WG, Research WG, Faculty Leadership and Support WG, Education and Curriculum WG. Each Group is led by an Indigenous Chair. An Indigenous Inter-Professional Advisory Committee has also been struck to facilitate the voice of alumni and other regional Indigenous practitioners.